The role of crowdsourcing in lexicography

Authors: Jaka Čibej, Darja Fišer, Iztok Kosem

In the past decade, crowdsourcing has been used with great success in specialized lexicographic tasks, such as collecting candidate lexemes for dictionary updates or validating automatically identified synonyms. However, professional lexicography is only now starting to explore crowdsourcing as an integral part of the workflow, thereby opening a number of important questions that could have lasting consequences on the nature of lexicographic work, its management and financing, as well as the perception, use and life-cycle of the lexicographic product. In this paper, we address these questions through the perspective of a proposal for a new monolingual dictionary of Slovene, in which crowdsourcing will play an integral role at a number of stages of dictionary construction – from headword list creation to dealing with stylistic issues.

Keywords: crowdsourcing; microtask design; crowd motivation; quality control; legal and ethical aspects of crowdsourcing

Reference: In Kosem, I., Jakubiček, M., Kallas, J., Krek, S. (eds.) Electronic lexicography in the 21st century: linking lexical data in the digital age. Proceedings of the eLex 2015 conference, 11-13 August 2015, Herstmonceux Castle, United Kingdom. Ljubljana/Brighton: Trojina, Institute for Applied Slovene Studies/Lexical Computing Ltd., pp. 70-83.


Published: 2015